Saturday, October 19, 2019

MLB Playoffs: Day Sixteen

Strange game last night in the Bronx.  In the top of the first, the Astros took an early 1-0 lead when George Springer scored from third off of a wild pitch by Yankees' starter James Paxton.  Then, in the bottom of the first, D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a home run to tie the score.  A few batters later, the Yankees finally got that three-run homer that these teams are always playing for.  Aaron Hicks, batting fifth in the Yankees' ever-shifting line-up, blasted a three-run homer to right off of Justin Verlander.  That gave the Yankees a 4-1 lead after one.

And then -- that was it.  Nothing much of interest happened the rest of the game.  Paxton went six innings, giving up only four hits and one run.  The Yankees' bullpen allowed only one hit and no runs in three innings.  The Yankees didn't do anything more, either -- but they didn't need to.  After losing three games in a row, the Yankees picked up a surprisingly easy 4-1 win.

So now the two best teams in baseball head back to Houston's happy hunting ground.  The Astros are almost unbeatable in Houston, and they have one sixteen games in a row when Gerrit Cole takes the mound, and they will have a least one home game with Cole pitching.  I don't know if they will do that tonight, or if they will save Cole for a potential Game Seven.

Giancarlo Stanton is back for the Yankees, and he may make a difference.  For what it's worth, in this series that Yankees are 2-0 with him in the line-up, and 0-3 without him.

7:08 PM Central:  New York at Houston (Houston leads 3-2) (Fox Sports One)

NLCS:  Washington beats St. Louis 4-0

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